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E-M:/ Land Consolidation Strategy for Washtenaw, Monroe and Lenawee Counties



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE	
March 29, 2006

Contact: Kerry Wieber 517-373-9905 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014                        	

Land Consolidation Strategy for Washtenaw, Monroe and Lenawee Counties to Be Reviewed at Meeting on April 12

A public meeting to discuss the Department of Natural Resources' land consolidation strategy for Washtenaw, Lenawee and Monroe counties is slated for Wednesday, April 12, at Cabela's located at 110 Cabela Boulevard East in Dundee. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.

At the meeting, DNR staff will review the state-owned parcels that fall outside of DNR project boundary lines for state parks, forests, game and wildlife areas, recreation areas and other DNR facilities. Parcels have been reviewed by the DNR for retention, alternative conservation ownership or disposal, and the recommendations discussed at these public meetings are preliminary. 

The details for the parcels in each county can be found at the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrlandreview.

In Washtenaw County, 75 parcels totaling 1,099.88 acres will be reviewed. Of those, the DNR recommends retaining state ownership of 58 parcels totaling 966.38 acres. The DNR proposes offering three parcels totaling 4.18 acres to an alternative conservation organization or local unit of government to manage. And 14 parcels totaling 99.32 acres have been identified as land to dispose.

In Lenawee County, 26 parcels totaling 206.64 acres will be reviewed. Of those, the DNR recommends retaining state ownership of 23 parcels totaling 166.64 acres, and three parcels totaling 40 acres for disposal. No parcels were recommended for alternative conservation organizations or local governments to manage.

In Monroe County, 72 parcels totaling 351.31 acres will be reviewed. Of those, the DNR recommends retaining state ownership of 65 parcels totaling 350.71 acres and disposing of seven parcels totaling sixth-tenths of an acre. No parcels were identified for alternative conservation organizations or local governments to manage. 

Every seven months, the DNR reviews 10 counties to determine which parcels will be disposed of and which will be retained. These parcels are outside of the new project boundaries for all state parks, recreation areas, state game and wildlife areas, and state forests adopted by the DNR in 2004. Once the reviews are completed by the DNR field staff, the parcels are classified one of three ways: retention under state ownership and DNR management, transfer to another unit of government or an alternative conservation organization or disposal because the parcel has limited natural resource, recreational or cultural value. Parcels are identified for retention by the DNR for a myriad of reasons, including public recreational opportunities, hunting opportunities, wildlife habitat or water and boating access.

The DNR Land Exchange Review Committee will incorporate public comments into its final recommendations to DNR Director Rebecca Humphries, who will sign orders to retain or dispose of the parcels.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the meeting should contact Kerry Wieber at (517) 373-9905 a minimum of five working days before the event.  Requests made less than five days before this meeting may not be accommodated. 

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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